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HER Number:MDV13043
Name:Fatherford Farmstead, Belstone


Site of Fatherford Farm shown on 19th century and early 20th century maps and listed on the 19th century Tithe Map Apportionment as 'Burds'. Th farmstead was destroyed by the construction of the A30 Okehampton Bypass


Grid Reference:SX 605 948
Map Sheet:SX69SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBelstone
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBELSTONE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SW/67

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FARMSTEAD (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848 (Cartographic). SDV349431.

Group of buildings shown on 19th century Tithe Map around an irregular shaped yard with a track to the south. The Apportionment for'Burds' lists Field Number 4 as 'House & Courtlage' and Field Number 5 as 'Garden'.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Fatherford Farm' shown on 19th century map as a group of buildings in an irregular shaped yard.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Fatherford Farm' shown on early 20th century map.

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 202 (Monograph). SDV1312.

Fatherford was mentioned as 'Foddreford' in 1296, 'Foderford' in 1340 and 'Foddyrford' in 1361.

Balkwill, C. J., 1976, Okehampton Bypass No 1 (North) (Report - Survey). SDV346198.

Settlement area extends north into Okehampton Hamlets parish.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1978, Archaeological Sites within Okehampton Park and its Vicinity, No. F.6 and F.7 (Un-published). SDV233126.

The 'farm' is sited at SX 6045 9491 and cottages and 'Burds' at SX 6050 9487.

King, A. C., 1979, A30 Okehampton Bypass: Final Report, No 46 (Report - Survey). SDV343861.

Greeves, T., 1980, Fatherford Farm (Worksheet). SDV255041.

A group built 60 years ago on the site of the farmhouse which burned down. Parts of farmhouse survive to the enorth-east. Parts of original farmyard survive, and a stone barn with granite quoins. Farm is shown on the Tithe Map as 'Burds', but was 'Fatherford Farm' by 1883.
'Fatherford Cottages' located just outside Dartmoor National Park was truncated by the railway in 19th century.

Timms, S. C., 1983, Fatherford Farmstead (Worksheet). SDV255039.

Site visited on 13th April 1983. This settlement appears to have spread over a considerable area, the surviving buildings representing only a part of the original extent.

Egan, G., 1987, Post-Medieval Britain in 1986, 285 (Article in Serial). SDV75188.

Standing building survey and limited excavation in 1986. A row of three cottages, thought to be of 19th century date, was found to have been formed round the southern end of a long narrow single storey building, the north end of which had been terraced into shale bedrock, which had been carved to form the base of the walls. Late 17th early 18th century pottery was found under the earlier floor of this structure, which was destroyed by fire at the beginning of the 20th century.

White, P., 2013, Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads, Burds (Un-published). SDV352501.

'Burds' site of a lost farmstead.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Not shown on modern mapping. Destroyed by the adjacent A30 Okehampton bypass.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback. 202.
SDV233126Un-published: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1978. Archaeological Sites within Okehampton Park and its Vicinity. Archaeological Sites within Okehampton Park and its Vicinity. No. F.6 and F.7.
SDV255039Worksheet: Timms, S. C.. 1983. Fatherford Farmstead.
SDV255041Worksheet: Greeves, T.. 1980. Fatherford Farm.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV343861Report - Survey: King, A. C.. 1979. A30 Okehampton Bypass: Final Report. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Mixed Archive Material. No 46.
SDV346198Report - Survey: Balkwill, C. J.. 1976. Okehampton Bypass No 1 (North). Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Rural Survey. Worksheet.
SDV349431Cartographic: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Mosaic, approximately 1838-1848. Digitised Tithe Map. Digital.
SDV352501Un-published: White, P.. 2013. Previously Unsurveyed Dartmoor Historic Farmsteads. Excel Spreadsheet. Burds.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV75188Article in Serial: Egan, G.. 1987. Post-Medieval Britain in 1986. Post-Medieval Archaeology. 21. Unknown. 285.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8550 - Excavation, Fatherford Cottages (A30 Okehampton by-passs)

Date Last Edited:Feb 8 2021 2:19PM